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Spotlight Opportunity:

Christmas Parade

On December 5th at 2:00 is the annual Lafayette-West Lafayette Christmas Parade. For that day we are need of dozens of volunteers to help in the morning with a various needs, during the parade and after for clean up. Call 765-742-4044 for more information or send questions to

Please contact if you are interested in any of the listed needs.

For immediate assistance, call the general line at 765-742-9077. Thanks!

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 6. Be realistic about the amount of time you can give.
 7. Learn the benefits of serving the organization's clients.
 8. Ask questions and stay busy!


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United Way of Greater Lafayette, 1114 East State Street, #200, Lafayette, IN 47909
Volunteer Center Phone: (765) 742-9077 x 227
                                          *On-Going Volunteer Needs*

Riggs Community Health Center

The Riggs Community Health Center is in search of 3 or 4 volunteers to assist with the Baby Corner Program. Staff the store one Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Also to re-stock the store and monitor inventory after the store closes on Wednesdays from 3-3:30 p.m. A minimum commitment of six months is required. Current need is for the 1st and 2nd Wednesday of each month. Contact Stephanie by calling 765-429-2756 or email

Guardian Angel Hospice

Guardian Angel Hospice needs loving and compassionate people to sit with, visit, run errands for and be a friend to our patients in the Lafayette and surrounding areas. Free training is provided and hours are flexible.  please call today 765-447-4891! Or email

United Way
Will be offering a program to help low income families file their tax returns at no charge. Training begins in December are requires no background in accounting or finance. Call Laura Carson at 765-742-9077 ext. 233 or email if you are interested in volunteering.

Tree Lafayette

There are four committees that serve the organization; Development, Financial, Membership and Grants committee, the Education committee, the Tree committee and the Marketing and Publicity committee. Each of these groups handles a wide variety of tasks and assignments. Please review the calendar (link) and the guidelines (link)

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Art Facilitator/Volunteer
Join the co-founders of Circle of Friends in facilitating art projects for area residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.  Our Art & Lunch program meets each Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as a way to offer creative art opportunities for area residents living with memory loss.  You're a good match for the program if you can volunteer at least twice a month, are a good listener, have (or willing to learn) patience, love sharing the joy of creative expression with others.  Any type of art experience is helpful so email or call to learn more about volunteering with us.

Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Pantry
Volunteers are urgently needed to distribute food at the St. John's/LUM Food Pantry, which is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 9 to 11:30. (Volunteers work from 8:30 until noon.) Typically, each volunteer works once a month. Call 765.463.6158 or email

Salvation Army Bellringers Needed!

The Salvation Army is currently signing up volunteer groups, businesses, families and individuals to ring bells at various kettle locations throughout the greater Lafayette area, beginning November 19 and going up to December 24.  Time slots available Mondays through Saturdays. To sign up, or for more information, contact Audrey Schneider at 765.742.0006, ext.4, or e-mail

The Imagination Station is seeking volunteers to assist with programming on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Imagination Station is open on Tuesday and Saturday from 9:00am-2:00pm and volunteers are asked to help for 3 hours, but any amount of time is appreciated! Volunteers would be engaging with children and their parents participating in science related activities and crafts. Science background is not required, everyone is welcome! Imagination Station is located at 600 N. 4th Street, at the corner of 4th and Cincinnati.

Wildcat Wildlife Center is seeking volunteers who can give 4 hours a week to help with the following: baby feeding, animal care, maintenance, cage building, clerical & data work, rescue, phones or grant writing. The center is in Delphi, Indiana.
Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center
is looking for a Volunteer Co-Coordinator.  This volunteer will be responsible for volunteer scheduling, recruiting, training, recognition and assist other staff members with volunteers. Learn more by visiting their website

Westminster Village is currently seeking a volunteer to lead chair exercises on a weekly basis for residents.  This volunteer should be wanting to work with senior adults and have an interest in fitness.  Training will provide the proper equipment and exercise procedures. They are also seeking a volunteer to lead a small book club with residents.  Volunteers will help lead discussions.  Meetings will take place the last Friday of each month at 1 p.m.

Caregiver Companion needs volunteers to visit, drive and help the elderly or ill in Tippecanoe County. If you would enjoy helping someone with transportation, errands, light housework, laundry, etc. we have quite a few situations in the area for you to choose from. Volunteers can give as many or as few hours as your schedule will allow.

Website Assistance Projects:

Tippecanoe County Child Care, Inc. is seeking a volunteer to help upload documents to webpages on the agency website. Webpage creation may also be necessary. The work period would be from October - December or until completion of the project.

The Diversity Roundtable is looking for a volunteer webmaster for their website.  This volunteer will be in charge of updating the website and posting all new information. The group meets the first Thursday of every month

Caregiver Companion is in need of someone who would be interested in updating their web-site. They have a web-site but it badly needs updating. Contact: Marilynn McTague at or 765-423-1879.